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Adobe Photoshop CS4—Revealed SYLLABUS Course Title: Locations: Dual Credit:

Web Graphics, Adobe Photoshop CS4 Laurens-Marathon Community School 1 high school credit and 3 college credits

Instructor: Office: Office Hours: Phone: E-mail:

Mrs. Susan Oehlertz Computer/Business Classroom – Room 224 8:00 – 4:00 841-5000 ext. 158

Course Description: In this course, you will learn the most important topics of Adobe Photoshop CS4. You will first learn how to get started with Photoshop. Next, you will learn how to work with layers, make selections, incorporate color techniques, and place type in an image. You will then focus on using painting tools, working with special layer functions, creating special effects with filters, and enhancing specific selections. Finally, you will learn about adjusting colors, using clipping masks, paths, and shapes, transforming type, liquefying an image, performing image surgery, annotating and automating an image, and creating images for the Web.

Text/Materials: Text: Project files: Software: Handouts:

Liz Reading, Adobe Photoshop CS2—Revealed, Course Technology, 2006. Instructor will provide instructions for obtaining the Project files. Adobe Photoshop CS4 Additional handouts may be required. Instructor will provide information on obtaining this material.

Teaching Methods: 1.

Lectures/Demonstrations: Important material from the text and outside sources will be covered in class. You should plan to take careful notes as not all material can be found in the texts or readings. Discussion is encouraged as is student-procured, outside material relevant to topics being covered.


Assignments: Concepts Reviews, Skills Reviews, Independent Challenges and other projects and readings will be periodically assigned to help support and supplement material found in the lessons. These assignments may require the application of various software applications.


Quizzes: Occasional scheduled or unscheduled quizzes will be given to help ensure you stay up with assigned material.



Online Exams: Each chapter. The exams will be closed book/note and will test assigned readings and material discussed in class. Review sheets will be provided before the exam day. The final exam will not be comprehensive in nature. However, the instructor reserves the right to retest on material that was not appropriately comprehended. These items will be noted on exam review sheets. Performance Exams: All chapters but Chapter 1. Real world applications of concepts covered in chapter

Grading: Online tests: 40 questions Multiple Choice/True False Instant Feedback on performance once submitted Performance Tests:

Scaled Rubric with test criteria

Daily/End of Chapter Assignments: On-screen assessment (Check plus, check, or minus) Weighted Percentages:

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Participation Daily Assignments End of Unit Assignments Tests/Quizzes

15% 30% 35% 20% FINAL LETTER GRADE



90% - 100%


80% - 89%


70% - 79%


60% - 69%


Below 60%

Course Policies: Missed Classes: You are responsible for obtaining material, which may have been distributed on class days when you were absent. This can be done through contacting a classmate who was present or by contacting the instructor during his office hours or other times. Missed or late quizzes cannot be made up under any circumstances but with good cause and adequate notice, an early quiz may be given. One quiz (lowest score) will be dropped at the end of the semester. There are no make-up exams. Students missing exams due to a pre-arranged, excused absence will be allowed to count the final as 200 points. Only official excuses will be accepted. Any uncoordinated, unexcused missed exam will result in a score of 0 for that exam. Assignments: All assignments are due at the beginning of class on the date due. Late submission of assignments will be assessed a penalty of 10% per day. No exceptions are made. Academic Dishonesty: Plagiarism and cheating are serious offenses and may be punished by failure on exam, paper or project; failure in course; and or expulsion from the University. For more information, refer to the "Academic Dishonesty" policy in the University Undergraduate Catalog. Need for Assistance: If you have any condition, such as a physical or learning disability, which will make it difficult for you to carry out the work as I have outlined it, or which will require academic accommodations, please notify me as soon as possible. Posting of Grades: Final grades will not be posted. If you wish to have your final grade sent to you, please bring a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the final exam.

Course Outline Chapters 1-7 and 16 Covered in Semester Chapter



Getting Started with Adobe Photoshop CS2


Working with Layers


Making Selections


Incorporating Color Techniques


Placing Type in an Image


Using Painting Tools


Working with Special Layer Functions


Creating Images for the Web

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Start Adobe Photoshop CS2 Learn how to open and save an image Use organizational and management features Examine the Photoshop window Use the Layer and History palettes Learn about Photoshop by using Help View and print an image Close a file and exit Photoshop Examine and convert layers Add and delete layers Add a selection from one image to another Organize layers with layer groups and colors Make a selection using shapes Modify a marquee Select using color and modify a selection Add a vignette effect to a selection Work with color to transform an image Use the Color Picker and the Swatches palette Place a border around an image Blend colors using the Gradient Tool Add color to a grayscale image Use filters, opacity, and blending modes Match colors Learn about type and how it is created Change spacing and adjust baseline shift Use the Drop Shadow style Apply anti-aliasing to type Modify type with the Bevel and Emboss style Apply special effects to type using filters Create text on a path Paint and patch an image Create and modify a brush tip Use the Smudge Tool Use a library and an airbrush effect Use a layer mask with a selection Work with layer masks and layer content. Control pixels to blend colors Eliminate a layer mask Use an adjustment layer Create a clipping mask Learn about ImageReady Optimize images for Web use Create a button for a Web page Create slices in an image Create a rollover effect Create and play basic animation Add tweening and frame delay

Mrs. Oehlertz's Syllabuses  

Business/Computer Technology Course Curriculum